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 Training Opportunities
      • Fast Start Training: Fast Start training is designed to provide newly recruited leaders the information and resources they need to conduct their first meeting – be it a den meeting, pack meeting, troop meeting, crew meeting, or committee meeting that they are in charge of.  This training is available online.

      • This is Scouting (replaces New Leader Essentials) **Basic Requirement** This course is an online introductory session that presents an overview of key components of the overall Scouting program. Its goal is to help leaders from all program areas understand that they are all striving for the same results with the youth they serve.  Each leader completes “This is Scouting” only once.  This training is available online.

      • Youth Protection Training – for all adult leaders **Basic Requirement** The problem of child abuse has become one of the most significant problems facing our nation.  Youth Protection Training is based upon the policies and procedures BSA has developed to ensure that all volunteer leaders and parents are aware of the problem and that Scouting provides a safe environment for all participants.  If you plan on attending summer/winter camp you are required to take this training. For all other troop outings, we cannot require it, but we strongly urge all to take YPT.  This training is available online.

      • Leader Specific Training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role in the position for which he or she is registered.  Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position, the training time varies from course to course.  In Boy Scouts, the training taken would be for Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster.

      • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills - This is a third component (after This is Scouting and SM/ASM training) of basic leader training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.  This weekend camping course emphasizes the skills required for First Class rank and helps you plan and conduct an outdoor camping experience with your unit.

      • Troop Committee Challenge is the leader specific training for troop committee members.  It has been developed to help troop committee members better understand their roles and responsibilities. This training is available online.
All of the online trainings listed above can be found at:   https://myscouting.scouting.org and if you have never done an online training, click on the “New to MyScouting link”

            Also available online:

      • Wood Badge – conducted several times during the year – for every adult leader Wood Badge is the leadership training course of Boy Scouts of America.  Open to adult leaders in all program areas who have completed basic training for their position, it is the goal of BSA for all leaders to complete Wood Badge within the first two years of their becoming a leader.  Conducted over two three-day weekends, several courses are available each year.
      • Powder Horn – conducted every 18 months – for Boy Scout and Venturing leaders

        This course is designed to introduce and expose Venturing and Boy Scouting adult unit leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high adventure unit-level program.  Conducted over two three-day weekends, Power Horn is generally conducted every 18 months.

Other trainings are also offered occasionally in our district and/or council, including:  climbing, archery, NRA, and canoeing, which are all helpful for many activities with Troop 584You can take trainings in any district in the Sam Houston Area Council if you find they better fit in your schedule. You can also find more information on any of these trainings on the SHAC website.http://www.shac.org/